The Florida Project Trailer

A24 continues to take the risks that other studios are afraid to do. Great reward comes with great risk. Last year they took home the Oscar for Moonlight.

The Florida Project is a film that tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a precocious 6-year-old girl who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a community of extended-stay motel guests in pastel-streaked Orlando. It’s a hard life seen through the eyes of youthful adventure, a tightrope walk, really. And in a world where no one can say with any confidence what an Oscar movie really is anymore, it certainly has a chance.

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Academy Announces New President

From Panarmenia.net….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

55th New York Film Festival Line-Up

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the full list of playing at the 55th annual The New York Film Festival.

The Main Slate consists of some of the favorites so far this year including, the AIDS drama BPM (Beats Per Minute), Call Me by Your Name and The Florida Project. The festival will open with Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. The Centerpiece is Todd Hayne’s Wonderstruck and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel on closing night.

In past years the NYFF was known for showing more international and small obscure films. In more recent years they have shown more accessible films and have been a springboard to awards season.

The 55th annual New York Film Festival runs September 28th-October 15th. The full 2017 line-up is below.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 MAIN SLATE

OPENING NIGHT
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater

CENTERPIECE
Wonderstruck
Dir. Todd Haynes

CLOSING NIGHT
Wonder Wheel
Dir. Woody Allen

Before We Vanish
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute
Dir. Robin Campillo

Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur
Dir. Claire Denis

Call Me by Your Name
Dir. Luca Guadagnino

The Day After
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

Faces Places/Visages villages
Dir. Agnès Varda & JR

Félicité
Dir. Alain Gomis

The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker

Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Lady Bird
Dir. Greta Gerwig

Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour
Dir. Philippe Garrel

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde
Dir. Serge Bozon

Mudbound
Dir. Dee Rees

On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki

The Rider
Dir. Chloé Zhao

Spoor/Pokot
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

The Square
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Thelma
Dir. Joachim Trier

Western
Dir. Valeska Grisebach

Zama
Dir. Lucrecia Martel

 

The First Ever Fully Painted Film

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Loving Vincent is a fully animated film about the life of Vincent van Gogh.  Through a crowdfunding campaign the, the Polish Film Institute trained professional oil painters to paint every frame of the film.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh. Created by 115 painters. Sounds impressive and it is except in reality the film was shot with real actors and then each frame was then painted over. Sort of a paint by numbers this. Still, a huge achievement in film and the finished product looks stunning.

Call Me by Your Name Gets a Trailer

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for director Luca Guadagnino’s critically acclaimed Call Me by Your Name. Based on a novel by André Aciman, the film takes place in 1983 and stars Timothée Chalamet as 17-year-old American-Italian boy who is on on summer vacation with his family in Italy.  Ann American played by Armie Hammer comes to work with the boy’s father, when a summer romance begins.

Call Me by Your Name first premiered at Sundance where many were already predicting a shot at Best Picture. It will play at Toronto next month.

It opens in theaters on November 24th.